Now, on to the next breed: Jacob.
|Image from the Jacob Sheep Breeders' Association|
The sample I have is just the black portion of the fleece. It smells sheepier and feels greasier than the other breeds I've spun so far. The fiber has very little crimp and feels more hairy than wooly, in fact you can see long white kemp hairs in the fiber, which gives the spun yarn a rougher feel when those prickly ends stick out.
One important fact about Jacob wool is that it can vary wildly in quality both within and between fleeces. According to the FFSB, staple length ranges from 3-7 inches and the micron count can be anywhere between 25 and 35 microns, so the wool definitely reaches the coarser end of the spectrum. While spinning it drafts fairly easily, though sometimes the longer staple length of the fiber makes it difficult for me to pull it apart smoothly. This one doesn't rank near the top of my favorite breeds to spin but it has still been fun to spin something that isn't white for a change. :)